Our First NC Hurricane


While the hurricane hit our family back home in Florida, we were able to get one last outdoor outing in before Matthew came for us. Rob’s schedule was a bit off this weekend and he ended up having Thursday and Friday night off instead of Saturday.

Our friends text on Thursday afternoon asking if we wanted to go to the stadium down the street for a free Brad Paisley concert that night. While the sleeping giant slept the afternoon away I creeped in and asked if he would like to join them.

First things first, Rob DOES NOT like country music. He grew up in the south and has always disliked it. If there ever is country on in my car, his first task is to change the station when getting in. Despite this fact, he agreed to join and this country music-loving girl was ecstatic!


It was the easiest concert I have ever attended. No traffic, no cost, we parked less than a half of a mile away, and stood less than 100 feet from the stage. I am pretty sure people pay upwards of $200 to see Brad Paisley play that close to them.


The music brought me back to high school when I listened to country on repeat. My inner high school girl self was swooning. I loved every minute of it.


As for my anti-country loving man? He put up with it for me, even in the pouring rain. I am so thankful that he loves me enough to do so. In all honesty, he said he enjoyed himself and that he was impressed with Brad’s guitar skills. 🙂


A night to remember, topped off with Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home.


After our night in the rain Matthew came to town. He is now gone and hopefully  dissipating into nothing somewhere in the ocean.

We count ourselves blessed to only have had Matthew as a category 1 when it finally hit our region, we only had tropical storm force winds where we are. The weather deteriorated quickly from Friday night on until Sunday morning.


Rob unfortunately is on night shift and had to ride out the storm at the hospital in the ER. Since the city was pretty flooded and the winds were at 50mph the ambulances and helicopters were not able to run and therefore the ER was pretty quiet for him.

Our first hurricane in 10 years, we are outside of Florida AND I rode it out all by myself. What an experience!

I watched movies, drank wine, baked pumpkin bread, and curled up on the couch with my animals for most of the day while the weather drastically got worse as the night came. Around 9:30pm as I was happily watching Bridesmaids and sipping my glass of wine the house went black. Total bummer.


Thankfully I had prepped the flashlights with fresh new batteries and scattered candles around the house so I could quickly light them. The wind blowing outside was cold and the house stayed nice and cool.

I read by flashlight, and tried (keyword) to play solitaire with a deck of cards I managed to scrounge up. Let’s just say it’s been a LONG time since I have played solitaire and don’t quite remember the rules. Therefore, it became my own version of the game. It passed the time until I fell asleep with Lucy cuddled up beside me. I awoke some time during the night to the power kicking back on, Woohoo!

This morning Rob was able to make it home despite the flooding and saw some pretty bad roads that detoured him. The only damage that we had to our home was a down tree in our backyard that also brought down part of the fence. We count ourselves blessed.



Now that Matthew is gone, our fall weather is finally here. Today is breezy, 60 degrees, with bright blue sunny skies. The windows are open, the birds are chirping, the fall candles are burning, and we are thankful that the night is over and the morning has brought this.  I am also thankful that there is no school tomorrow 😉


His mercies are new every morning, great is his faithfulness – Lamentations 3:23



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